Why Do I Live in a World Where My “Smart” TV Spies on Me?

Why Do I Live in a World Where My “Smart” TV Spies on Me?

I think I was born in the wrong time period. Either that, or no matter what year it is, it's really just 1984 over and over again.

You know things have gone just a bit south when the privacy policy customers receive when they purchase a new Samsung internet-connected smart TV warns them that anything they say near their television set will be RECORDED AND SENT TO A THIRD PARTY:

Careful what you say around your TV. It may be listening. And blabbing.

A single sentence buried in a dense "privacy policy" for Samsung's Internet-connected SmartTV advises users that its nifty voice command feature might capture more than just your request to play the latest episode of Downton Abbey.

"Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party," the policy reads. [emphasis added]

(source)

Voice recognition is supposed to be a selling point for people who are too lazy to use their remote, but if you are too lazy to pick up a remote in a first place (the remote itself was supposedly created because we were all too lazy to get up and press the buttons on the TV console), then you probably have other issues.

Still, you might want to be aware of the fact that if you talk about, well, anything near your television, your television is going to record your voice and send it to third parties.

What constitutes "near" the television? The privacy policy doesn't specify. What constitutes a third party? I'm sure the government and its numerous spy agencies are on that list, right next to any number of corporations who want to sell you crap based on what you discuss in the privacy of your own home.

Oh and by the way, the television also comes complete with a camera that will facially recognize you in lieu of a manual password input. But I'm sure it only does that when you specifically ask it to, right? It also comes with "gesture control" which learns to recognize your gestures to control the television as well. I wonder what happens when you give it the middle finger. In Britain, it's probably an anti-social thought crime to flip off your own TV.

And remember! You consented to having this spy device in your home when you bought it… But how many people who buy it are even reading the fine print in the privacy policy anyway? Who wants to give away this much personal information every time they watch TV?

Oh wait, I guess the nonexistence of privacy is super trendy now.

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 Kavanaugh Accuser Donated   To Hillary Clinton  10 Times,  60+ Liberal Groups 

Reportedly attempted to conceal political activity by scrubbing social media accounts

Over the weekend, a name and face were added to the previously anonymous sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which is now threatening to derail his nomination. Those looking to obstruct Kavanaugh’s confirmation certainly saved their best for last, as the prior attempts included pathetic stunts such as:

– Claiming to file perjury charges against Kavanaugh, which only Jeff Sessions would have the ability to file.

– Packing the hearings with hysterical protesters, resulting in hundreds of arrests.

– Threatening female Republicans with extortion.

– Cory Booker comparing himself to Spartacus, the escaped slave who led a revolt against the Romans.

The identity of the accuser was revealed as Christine Blasey Ford, who has agreed testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford reportedly made the allegations back in July in a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Feinstein waited until it was close to the vote to confirm Kavanaugh before making the accusations public.

There’s a record of Ford making the accusation in a 2012 therapy session, though Kavanaugh isn’t named in the session notes that Ford gave to the press. Ford alleges that in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh entered a room drunk, pinned her to a bed, and groped her over her clothing. Kavanaugh “categorically denied” the allegations.View image on Twitter

Fin Gomez @finnygo   NEW: Statement from Judge Brett Kavanaugh:

There is a slight discrepancy in the account Ford provided in her letter to Feinstein and in her therapist’s notes, but that could simply be due to an error on her therapists part.

There are however some other questions that need to be answered which call into question Ford’s motives.

As Grabien reported, they include:

1. Why Ford deleted her public social media accounts before revealing herself.

Ford deleted all of her public social media before she came forward, making it difficult to see the advocacy and partisanship she was engaged in the time leading up to her making her allegation public. Of course, Ford may simply value her privacy, but the act of deleting her public postings will inevitably make some wonder what she didn’t want seen.

2. That Ford may have an unrelated grudge against Kavanaugh, as his mother, once a circuit court judge, ruled against Ford’s parents.

In August 1996, Christine Blasey Ford’s parents, Paula and Ralph Blasey, were foreclosed upon. Kavanaugh’s mom, Martha, was then serving as a judge on the Montgomery Country Circuit Court, and she ruled against Christine Ford’s parents.

3. That Ford is a Democrat who donates to left-wing causes, attended the anti-Trump March for Science, and previously signed an open letter challenging Trump’s border policy.

Ford is a political activist who has made dozens of donations to left-wing causes. According to OpenSecrets, she has made more than 60 donations to liberal causes, with almost four dozen to the pro-abortion group, Emily’s List, alone. Ford also donated to the DNC, Hillary Clinton (more than 10 times), Bernie Sanders, and the progressive organizing group ActBlue.

Ford likewise attended the anti-Trump March for Science, where she wore a hat knitted like a human brain, but inspired by the feminist “pussy hats” worn at the Women’s Marches. Ford also added her name to an open letter from health professionals who argued the U.S. border policy resulting in temporary separation of some families was harmful to children’s development.

There’s no statute of limitations on sexual assault in Maryland, where she claims that the assault happened. Rather than go to the police, Ford went to Dianne Feinstein. If her accusations are true, she should immediately file a police report against Kavanaugh and take him to trial. If she doesn’t, perhaps that’s because she knows the consequences of filing a false police report.

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